Re: I have an Olympus SP 320 camera, zoom error comes up...
I just pulled my 320 out after not using it for 4 months and the lens extended and zoom error began flashing on the screen. After reading a few other post on the net about how much it cost I decided the camera was a goner. For good measure I banged it on my mouse pad a couple times and the lens suddenly retracted and it is now working fine. Doubt it will work very often but might be worth a try. Make sure you hit it on something soft to prevent other damage.
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Here are some troubleshooting steps that you can try that may (or may not) correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty (or repair cost approaches that of the camera), they're worth that try. Some of the later steps do involve some risk to the camera, so carefully weigh your options before deciding to conduct them:
The SP-320 uses standard AA batteries, disposable or rechargeable. If you want to use rechargeables, you should be able to find chargers at any department, electronics, or office-supply store. You can't use the camera itself as a charger, however.
Always check the batteries first but if is it still giving the same fault, your camera is faulty. "Zoom error" is repairable It should be taken to an authorized repair centre for a repair estimate. Very few digital cameras have any user-serviceable parts.
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Thanks Richard Scott Technical Support New Zealand
Unfortunately this is a repair issue with the camera. You may want to call Olympus Customer Service to discuss their repair policy and procedures. Their telephone number is 800-622-6372 option 2 and then option 3.
Had 570UZ for 2 weeks and "ZOOM ERROR" occured. Seemed hopeless. Changed batteries several times, bought new Alkaline. No change. Finally decided that it is probably a connector problem. Turned Camera Off. Held Camera by the lense barrel. Held palm of other hand and thrust the back of the camera ( LCD side) into the other hand. The idea being to jostle the camera contents without cracking the LCD. Did this a couple of times, turned camera on and it works fine. At least for this evening. At least for now it seems like a classic component connector problem somewhere inside the camera.
Try this product: http://www.gorecovery.com/digital_photo_recovery_for_mac.asp
PhotoRecovery worked quite well for me when my xd disk on my SP 320 started reading images funny. It recovered virtually all of my images and I was able to upload from my card reader to the computer. Will work on pcs as well.